Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

We Rented A Waterfall!



We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com
Are you fortunate enough to live in a place where you can look out your window and see an ocean, a lake, a stream...a waterfall?

We aren't.

I don't even have a battery-operated water feature on my deck. Just a hose.

It's definitely on our bucket list to own a home with a water view... 

Someday.

For now, Mr. Goo Shoes and I need to satisfy that desire by vacationing in places that have a room with a view.

I must say, we outdid ourselves this time...

We rented a waterfall for a week. 

And I don't mean a little trickler…it was a big, loud, bonafide waterfall, with a name and everything...Niobe Falls. 

Oh...and it came with a house, too.

This was our backyard…

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Look and listen... it's only 30 seconds.


This little paradise is just outside of Woodstock, NY, in the Catskill Mountains...only 90 minutes from home.

But it took us a long time to get there, as we actually started on this journey about a year ago. 

Last summer, I was still working at a TV network, where I'd been for many years. 
I had been thinking for awhile that it was time to wind down my career, but I was conflicted. 

Mr. Goo Shoes and I talked for months about what I should do.

As I joke with him now, the conversation we had one night last August, is what pushed me over the proverbial waterfall's edge, so to speak, and made me leave my job…

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He said:
"Picture this. We can rent a little house 
for the entire summer up in the mountains,
 and relax...just think how peaceful that would be."

The picture he painted was so enticing, how could I not quit? I didn't even wait for the paint to dry on that picture…I resigned. 

Although the plan sounded idyllic at the time, the truth was, we had no idea whether we would even like being in the mountains for such a long stretch. 

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Rather than jump in with four feet, Mr. Goo Shoes and I decided to dip our toes in the water, and see what it would be like to spend just a week in the mountains. 

Our online search for vacation rentals led us to The Waterfall House.


We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com
As we headed up for vacation last week, I was hoping that my expectations hadn't gotten the better of me.

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com
I needn't have worried. If this spot isn't a piece of heaven, I don't know what is. 

Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com
The house is charming. Almost every room has a view of the falls, or the stream, but for this post, we'll stay outside for a tour of the property. The interior, and the Woodstock area, are worthy of their own posts.

Put your bug spray on, and follow me.

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com
Head out the back door to the porch. 

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com
The trees partially obscure the view to the falls, but just imagine eating your Rice Krispies on this porch, while listening to the sound of rushing water, and gazing at the stream below.  

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com
Walk around to the front of the house, which leads to the garden. 

Just before the arbor, turn right…

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com

...Head down the path through spectacular garden of lillies…

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To the little bistro table perched across from the falls. 

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It's the perfect spot for morning coffee, and to get the creative juices flowing…

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com

And what could be better than cocktails at your own private waterfall?

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com

(Let's ignore the fact that we got eaten alive by mosquitoes. This is NATURE!)

Then, open the gate and head down the steps for a closer look…


We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com

Get up close and personal… 

Feel the spray on your face.

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com

Don't drop your camera in the water!  



We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com



Who needs Ambien when you have this? If only I could bottle it somehow and take it home for sleepless nights.

We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com


Happy...Happy...Happy.

It is exactly the picture Mr. Goo Shoes painted for me. 

Who knew he was so artistic? 


It's like having my very own Vincent Van "Goo."


We Rented A Waterfall: The Waterfall House Niobe Falls NY  by mstoodygooshoes.blogspot.com

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36 comments:

  1. Thanks for giving me a taste of your vacation. I can see why you enjoyed it so much. It was absolutely beautiful. The 30 second audio was amazing. Great job on this particular blog. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer adventures as well.

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis, I really enjoyed working on this one!

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  2. What a beautiful spot to get away from it all Amy. I'm not sure how you dragged yourself home?? I love the porch on that house - that alone would give make me one happy girl! Next time you'll have to travel a little farther Northwest to my area (The Finger Lakes). I'll show you lot's of beautiful waterfalls, lakes, and some of the best places to taste wine :)

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    1. I know, that PORCH! I spent most of my time there. And funny, on our way up, hubby said we should go to the Finger Lakes some time…he was there years ago and loved it. I told him I had a new blogger friend in the Finger Lakes :) Someday we will get there. How nice that you live in a place I want to vacation in!

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  3. What a gorgeous vacation spot! Normally, I'd be dying to see inside the house but I never even thought of it while admiring the grounds and that spectacular waterfall! I was just looking at a pondless waterfall on Hometalk, that can be installed in a backyard! It seems a bit pricey, well, out of my range at least, but what an awesome low maintenance idea! We'd love to live on the water some day! Hugs, Leena

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  4. Thanks, Leena! I do plan to do another post on the interior of the house, so I hope you'll come back! I never heard of a pondless waterfall. I'll have to check it out to see what it is. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Amy, I am with you about having a home with a water feature(I am hoping lake) This place is absolutly beautiful. I could get used to the sound of a waterfall. In the meantime I purchased a radio that has water sounds. I have a rain storm, waterfall, beach and bugs. I love this radio, it is my alarm too. Your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I think I will have to get one of those radios! Glad you came by...

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  6. What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing your waterfall getaway :)
    Pinning from the "Blitzed.." party.

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

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  7. Awesome post!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  8. This place is gorgeous!!! My creative juices wouldn't have a problem flowing there!! Thanks for sharing this great place!

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    1. I really do think the environment helped the creative process! I appreciate that you stopped by my blog, Jocelyn!

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  9. Wow, that is truly a find, and exactly the kind of summer get away that I'd love....ahhhhh. So happy for you that you can now explore so many wonderful things that were previously of limits on account of work! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

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    1. Yes, not working has opened up a lot of possibilities! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

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  10. I don't think I could ever leave this place....it's beautiful!

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    1. It was tough to leave, Christine, but…hopefully we will go back someday!

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  11. What an amazing place and inspiring pictures. I can't wait to get inside and see the views. I live really close to the sea but I don't have a sea view and that would be my dream.

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    1. Hi Magali, I will feature the inside soon…it was very charming. Thanks so much for coming over to my blog!

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  12. Your pictures are just beautiful! I love waterfalls and this one is no exception. What a wonderful place to visit and stay for a solid week. I bet you'll be returning there in the future, huh? Looking forward to seeing the house interior too, although it will be hard to top that view outside.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly, I am planning on writing about the interior sometime soon. It was very charming! Views from every room…sigh...

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  13. This is beautiful! What a lovely spot! Thanks for sharing at HSH!
    Sherry

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  14. please take me with you next time, won't you?

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  15. Oh my, such gorgeous photos and a stunning location! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and hope you can join us again this Friday. Enjoy a wonderful rest of the week!

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    1. Thank you for pinning this to your party board! I really do appreciate it! Thank you for hosting the party. I will see you again, for sure!

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  16. Gosh, that's a perfect place! Mr. Goo Shoes is a good good man!!!! =) Happy you found this place! I too, am looking for something like that in our life! ... one day!!!!

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    1. Hi bp, yes, he's a good man...and the place was pretty awesome! Thanks for commenting!

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  23. Am, this is just beautiful!! Oh I would love to stay there. The house is charming and the scenery is a little bit of heaven!. I love waterfalls. So refreshing! Thanks for sharing! Diane

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